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New PS3 firmware hacked within 24 hours of its release

Sony's been playing cat-and-mouse with PS3 firmware crackers, and less than a day after its version 3.56 firmware was released, hackers have circumvented Sony's locks.

Written by Alessondra Springmann01 Feb. 11 10:44

Rumors: The mythical Google Chrome OS netbook is coming

There have been the rumors (would Google release a tablet in time for Black Friday?). There have been the hints (a Chrome browser beta optimized for touch). But if an Engadget report has any merit, it sounds like Google's gearing up for an announcement on Tuesday, December 7 that'll relocate a rumored Chrome OS notebook from the land of unicorns to the land of real tech products. Well, almost.

Written by Alessondra Springmann04 Dec. 10 10:25

iOS 4.2.1 jailbroken long before official release

iOS 4.2 is only now about to be released (as of this writing), but there's already a jailbreak guide for iOS 4.2.1, long before it made its way to anyone outside of the Apple developer community.

Written by Alessondra Springmann23 Nov. 10 05:04

Apps going viral: When your smartphone gets hacked

How secure is banking on your iPhone? How sure are you that those app developers have plugged those security holes? So far, there isn’t much malicious code out there targeted at smartphones, but that soon may change as smartphone sales surpass those of laptop and desktop machines.

Written by Alessondra Springmann21 Oct. 10 02:55

Control a game of Tetris with your body and a buddy

A new take on Tetris called Lummo Blocks lets you use your body as the controller for directing the motion of the famous falling blocks. Playing with a buddy, one of you takes charge of moving the blocks left to right, and your partner controls the blocks' rotation, all in the public space of a Spanish plaza. Will strangers help or hinder you as you try to create lines of blocks?

Written by Alessondra Springmann13 Oct. 10 11:47

Unrooting the G2: Is HTC’s smartphone unrootable?

HTC’s G2, a new smartphone from the Taiwanese manufacturer, is apparently roofproof, and resists attempts to jailbreak the system’s operating system. When the G2 detects that you’ve tried to unlock the software so that you can add custom apps, a special chip reinstalls the stock Android software that shipped with your phone, effectively undoing your modifications.

Written by Alessondra Springmann08 Oct. 10 01:38

First 12TB network storage server from Seagate

Has your small business outgrown its current network storage? Do you want space for all of your TV shows, games, and HD videos? Seagate might have the solution for you with its BlackArmor network-attached storage (NAS) system, with four bays that can take 3 terabyte drives for a grand total of 12 terabytes of sweet, sweet storage.

Written by Alessondra Springmann01 Oct. 10 04:40

Tri-Core 1.5 GHz processors for smartphones: A Marvell

A new three-core processor from Marvell, the Armada 628, is a 1.5GHz processor with three CPUs on one chip. Designed for powering smartphones and tablets, this tri-core processor can purportedly deliver dual stream 1080p 3D video to your mobile device.

Written by Alessondra Springmann24 Sept. 10 08:18

A browser cookie that won't go away?

"Evercookie" is the browser cookie that just won't go away. If you're concerned about having your Web browsing history tracked, you, like most people, will probably delete your cookies and clear your browsers' caches. However, evercookie, written in JavaScript, produces "extremely persistent cookies" that can identify a client even after you've removed standard or Flash cookies.

Written by Alessondra Springmann23 Sept. 10 10:00

LaCie Wireless NAS does backup and video streaming

A new wireless NAS device from LaCie not only stores up to 2TB of data, it also is a wireless router and a video streaming center. For less than Apple's Time Capsule. How does it stack up?

Written by Alessondra Springmann17 Sept. 10 06:06

LaCie shrinks USB 3.0 drives to fit in your pocket

Both LaCie and Iomega have introduced pocket-sized USB drives that use the speedy new USB 3.0 standard for transferring data. But why should you go with one manufacturer over the other?

Written by Alessondra Springmann10 Sept. 10 05:42

Toy camera from Japan does 3D for only $70

Printing 3D images can be an expensive undertaking. But for those of us who can't shell out a ton of green for a 3D camera and printer, toy company Takara Tomy has come out with a "toy" 3D camera called the 3D Shot Cam that'll give you stereoscopic 3D images in a small form factor.

Written by Alessondra Springmann09 Sept. 10 10:51

Samsung Galaxy Tab rooted... a month before release

The folks at Sera-Apps, a German group of Android developers, have not only managed to get their hands on a prototype of the Samsung Galaxy Tab a month before the device goes on sale, but they managed to root the device at IFA, the world's largest consumer electronics show being held in Germany.

Written by Alessondra Springmann04 Sept. 10 03:51

Chrome 6 beta may hint at mythical Chrome OS tablet

The latest beta of Chrome 6 is out, and its menus have been optimized for touch--complete with buttons for copying, pasting, as well as zooming in on a page. Could this be a taste of what the rumored Chrome OS tablet will be like? Maybe.

Written by Alessondra Springmann21 Aug. 10 06:05

The car-puccino: A car that runs on coffee

No beans about it: An automobile dubbed the "Car-puccino" has been designed to run only on leftover coffee grinds. The heavily-modified 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco was created for British TV show Bang Goes The Theory, a program that's all about "putting science to the test." To prove that just about anything can be turned into car fuel these days, Bang Goes The Theory will drive the Car-puccino 210 miles from London to Manchester using only residual coffee grounds as fuel.

Written by Alessondra Springmann09 March 10 08:09

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